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Anfield (ATT 45,009) 21st April 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: K Friend

Liverpool Liverpool vs Chelsea Chelsea

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D Sturridge (52)
L Suarez (90+7)

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Oscar (26)
E Hazard (pen 57)

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Premier League: Luis Suarez's late equaliser earns Liverpool draw 2-2 with Chelsea

Last Updated: 22/04/13 12:18am

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Luis Suarez capped a controversial afternoon by scoring a dramatic late equaliser as Liverpool ruined Rafa Benitez's return to Anfield after a 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Eden Hazard's penalty on 57 minutes appeared set to lift Chelsea back into third spot after Liverpool's half-time substitute Daniel Sturridge had cancelled out Oscar's first-half header.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the match: Juan Mata. He orchestrated Chelsea's best moments and supplied the corner for the opening goal.
  • Goal of the match: Daniel Sturridge's neat finish from Suarez's clever ball to the back post was superb.
  • Save of the match: Petr Cech stretched out a leg just 15 seconds into the second half to deny Steven Gerrard.
  • Moment of the match: Suarez's remarkable decision to bite Ivanovic would have seen him sent off had the referee spotted it.
  • Talking point: Suarez's future in England will continue to be debated and, ahead of the summer transfer window, he may be linked with a move away.

However, midway through the second half, Suarez appeared to bite Branislav Ivanovic before the Uruguayan striker headed home an equaliser in the seventh minute of added time.

Liverpool created the first chance on five minutes when Suarez's clever pass slipped in Glen Johnson, but the former Chelsea full-back could only poke his shot wide.

Jordan Henderson then volleyed over from 25 yards before Chelsea tested Pepe Reina for the first time on 20 minutes when the Liverpool keeper punched away Ramires' dipping effort.

Chelsea went ahead on 26 minutes when Oscar took advantage of slack defending to head Juan Mata's corner inside the post and the lead was almost doubled three minutes later.

Henderson was booked for bringing down Ramires and from the resulting free-kick David Luiz, who scored a spectacular goal at Fulham in midweek, saw his long-range drive fumbled by Reina, who recovered in time to prevent the ball rolling over the line.

Suarez saw a shot beaten away by Petr Cech before half-time and Liverpool then made a blistering start to the second half following the introduction of Sturridge for Philippe Coutinho.

Within 15 seconds of the restart, Sturridge had slipped in Steven Gerrard, whose shot was kept out by Cech's legs, and a minute later the former Chelsea forward rattled the post after a smart turn and shot.

Sturridge then drew Liverpool level on 52 minutes when he was presented with a simple finish at the far post from Suarez's superb cross after Stewart Downing had neatly flicked the ball back to the Uruguayan.

However, Suarez then gifted Chelsea the lead again on 57 minutes when he was penalised for handball from a corner and Hazard nonchalantly sent Reina the wrong way from the spot.

Midway through the second half and a tangle between Suarez and Ivanovic resulted in the Liverpool striker appearing to bite the Chelsea defender on the arm in an incident which is likely to be reviewed by the Football Association.

Substitute Jonjo Shelvey side-footed a great opportunity to equalise for Liverpool wide with five minutes to go and Sturridge was fortunate to escape punishment for a challenge on Ryan Bertrand.

With Chelsea looking set to hold on for a much-needed win, Sturridge crossed from the right deep into stoppage-time and Suarez's near-post header beat Cech.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers did not want to comment on the Suarez bite until he had reviewed the footage, but felt there other incidents worthy of attention.

Rodgers said: "Until I've reviewed it, I can't speak about it, but there were a couple of other incidents you could look at. There was an elbow on Jamie Carragher in the first half that looked pretty bad."

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez also had not seen Suarez's bite and he was left to lament the amount of injury-time allotted by referee Kevin Friend.

Benitez commented: "The rules are very clear. Sometimes it's three minutes if you make six substitutions, or sometimes it's four minutes, but six minutes is not easy to see in any game, and six minutes 45 seconds is even more difficult."

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1 Chelsea 33 77
2 Manchester City 34 67
3 Arsenal 33 67
4 Manchester United 34 65
5 Liverpool 33 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 58
7 Southampton 34 57
8 Swansea City 34 50
9 Stoke City 34 47
10 Everton 34 44
11 West Ham United 34 44
12 Crystal Palace 34 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 37
14 Newcastle United 34 35
15 Aston Villa 34 32
16 Hull City 33 31
17 Leicester City 33 31
18 Sunderland 33 30
19 Queens Park Rangers 34 27
20 Burnley 34 26